VMware Sustainability News, Milestones, Partnerships and Net Zero Timeline
September 14, 2023 by Joe Panettieri
Enterprise and cloud software company VMware expects to reduce Scope 1 and 2 emissions 50 percent by 2030, and is pushing 75% of its suppliers (based on spend) to set their own science-based targets by 2025, the company has said.
VMware's overall sustainability effort is led by Nicola Acutt (pictured, top of page), chief sustainability officer and VP of ESG. Moreover, the office of the CTO coordinates innovation and sustainability activities. In a blog about the sustainability journey, VMware CTO Kit Colbert said the company:
Began the journey back in 1998 with its first virtualization solutions—reducing the infrastructure required to run workloads and cut data center emissions.
Achieved carbon neutrality in 2018 and recently began engaging our partners and suppliers to follow suit.
Continuing progress on a project partnership with the City of Palo Alto, testing the potential of microgrids to advance energy resiliency and sustainability efforts at the community and corporate levels.
April 2023: The company unveiled VMware Cross-Cloud managed services, a "set of prescriptive offers with enhanced partner and customer benefits that will enable highly skilled partners to expand their managed services practices." BT, for one, plans to offer the managed services to "help customers innovate, address data sovereignty requirements, and reduce operational costs while focusing on sustainability," according to Colin Bannon, CTO at Business, BT.
February 2023: The company joined the European Green Digital Coalition (EGDC). The group -- spanning nearly 40 IT companies -- is supported by the European Commission, the European Parliament and a number of corporate partners, with the aim of harnessing the emission-reducing potential of digital solutions, the EGDC said.